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Thursday, May 18, 2017

If you bail on an activity with a preschooler, you'd better have a good excuse. That's because, according to research published this week in the journal Child Development, children as young as three and a half years old understand and value the obligations that accompany joint commitments. The researchers found that children who abandon a cooperative activity for an apparently selfish reason tend to prompt more resentment from their peers than those who quit the task for another reason. ... "We were amazed that three-year-olds only blamed their partner if she intentionally broke the rules of the cooperative game," says [researcher Margarita] Svetlova. "They were fine with it if she was ignorant of the rules, and in fact in this case they taught her the rules."

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Humans begin cooperating very early in life. Studies indicate that children as young as 14 months of age tend to help strangers fetch objects that are out of reach, remove obstacles, and attempt to correct mistakes. Rewarding or verbally encouraging children doesn't seem to increase helping behavior, and in some cases, rewarding kids actually decreases their motivation to help again. Many psychologists and biologists see these tendencies as a sign that evolution has endowed us with a predisposition to cooperate.

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More evidence that republicans aren't human?

#1 | Posted by truthhurts at 2017-05-18 09:50 PM | Reply

I wonder what it cost to figure that out?

Here's a freebee:

That's not our only urge.

#2 | Posted by nutcase at 2017-05-19 07:51 AM | Reply

Humans do, not rwingers.

Sociopaths, such as Randian Objectivist rwingers, don't recognize other people as important; they are incapable of empathy, so they have no longer any urge to co-operate with others.

#3 | Posted by Corky at 2017-05-19 07:59 AM | Reply

#3: a little bit of irony there don't you think Corkster?

#4 | Posted by Daniel at 2017-05-19 08:43 AM | Reply

#4

In what way, Dan?

#5 | Posted by Corky at 2017-05-19 08:51 AM | Reply

Of course we have a natural urge to cooperate. We are horribly designed animals. No natural weapons or defenses. We are slow. We on the larger size for animals, but weak for our size. Our senses are dull. We have no natural protection from the elements. Our only exceptional physical attributes are our hands and the potential to be great endurance runners. Even the tremendous mental advantage would be largely negated if we didn't pass on knowledge from generation to generation. If we didn't work together we'd of died off long ago.

#6 | Posted by Sully at 2017-05-19 12:53 PM | Reply

Yeah, does that mean the Republicans are Not Human then?
Just wondering... They seem to be a greedy corporatist,
'gimme, gimme, gimme' sort of Party...

#7 | Posted by earthmuse at 2017-05-19 01:13 PM | Reply

Republicans felt the urge to cooperate and they defeated Hillary.

#8 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2017-05-19 02:08 PM | Reply

"Of course we have a natural urge to cooperate. We are horribly designed animals. No natural weapons or defenses. We are slow"

Humans actually evolved to be long distance runners and can outrun horses and dogs over long distances.

www.slate.com

#9 | Posted by danni at 2017-05-19 02:32 PM | Reply

Humans actually evolved to be long distance runners and can outrun horses and dogs over long distances.

www.slate.com

#9 | Posted by danni at 2017-05-19 02:32 PM | Reply | Flag:

I mentioned endurance running as a positive in the post you quoted.

We can run down prety over great distances. But when you are the prety, endurance doesn't matter if you're going to lose the sprint.

#10 | Posted by Sully at 2017-05-19 02:39 PM | Reply

prety = prey. That's an odd typo to make twice and I did it again when I was typing this...

#11 | Posted by Sully at 2017-05-19 02:40 PM | Reply

We can run down prety over great distances.

Cue music!

I feel prety! Oh so prety...

#12 | Posted by RevDarko at 2017-05-19 03:33 PM | Reply

"But when you are the prety, endurance doesn't matter if you're going to lose the sprint."

That brings up another advantage humans have, we evolved on grassy plains where our ability to stand on two feet enabled us to see predators farther away and start running sooner. Then our endurance would kick in after the predators relatively short distance sprint wouldn't be able to catch us.

#13 | Posted by danni at 2017-05-19 04:27 PM | Reply

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